On July 24, 2011, the South Korean Ministry of Justice announced the enactment of a law allowing the use of chemical castration on sex offenders convicted of attacking children under the age of 16 years old. Earlier that month, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a similar bill calling for chemical castration of persons convicted of sexual offenses against children, among other penalties. The Russian State Duma passed the law in February 2012. In July 2012, Amnesty International Moldova urged the Center for Human Rights of Moldova to assess the constitutionality of its new chemical castration law, citing it as a violation of human rights.
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